When I realized that this design would be debuting on the same day as the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, I knew that I had to do something special! So for inspiration I looked to the group of designs known as Mayan Crop Circles. And the result is something a little geometric, a little tribal looking, and very modern. Best of all, a pair takes less than 30 minutes to make – truly Timeless Crochet Earrings! (And now we all know we’ll be around to make them, heh.)
You can use this pattern to cover up old worn hoops, or buy a set of new plain hoops at the craft store or dollar store. I purchased a set of Darice brand hoops for less than $3, from the jewelry findings department at JoAnn Fabrics. These particular hoops are also available online in the US and in the UK, if you search for “1999-283 30mm hoops.” But any hoops should work, as long as they are roughly the same size.
- US #7, 1.65mm steel hook
- 5 yards Size 5 crochet thread (vintage Star Pearl Cotton in black shown)
- 1 pair hoop earrings, 30mm or similar size
- Small sewing needle
- Optional: White School Glue or other water soluble glue that dries clear:
Special Abbreviations Used
sk – skip: skip the indicated stitch, leaving it unworked
trc – treble crochet: see this video tutorial
dtr – double treble crochet: worked the same as the treble crochet, but start with 3 yarn overs before inserting the hook and work 4 sets of 2 loops off to complete the stitch.
ch sp – chain space: see this video tutorial
Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, trc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dtr in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, trc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in the last 2 sts. Sc once more around the metal loop. Turn.
Skip the first st and sl st in next 2 sts. [Sc 3 in the next ch sp] twice, [sc 4 in the next ch sp] 4 times, [sc 3 in the next ch sp] twice. Sl st in the last 2 sts, sc around the metal loop. Break yarn and finish off. Weave in ends.
Optional Stiffening Instructions: These are ready to wear as is, but if you would prefer the crocheted parts to be a little stiffer, mix one part white school glue with 3 parts water. Dip Rows 2 and 3 carefully into the glue mixture, doing your best not to get any on the metal. Squeeze out excess with fingers. Shape and pin earrings out on a pinning board or cardboard box covered in plastic wrap. As soon as they’re dry, you’re done!
So what do you think? I couldn’t time it exactly because I kept stopping to take photos, but I think I could make a pair of these in about half an hour – depending on how many times the kids interrupted me! I can’t wait to wear them out – and see what all you brilliant crocheters do with this pattern!
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